Shedding weight is easier than most people think. It seems that the more complicated a diet or exercise plan is, the harder it is for the dieter to stick with it. How many carbs does it have? Is it gluten-free? How many weight watchers points? What about fiber?
Forget about it.
A recent study conducted by a leading health and nutrition professor at Kansas State University showed that a strict 1800 calorie diet full of Little Debbie snack cakes made him shed 17 pounds in 2 months! Along with the weight loss, his bad cholesterol was down 20%, good cholesterol up 20%, and his triglycerides were lowered by 39%.
Now, this kind of extreme diet is not recommended, but if you want to lose 10 pounds, 20 pounds, or even 30 pounds, you can! And you can do it without sacrificing your favorite foods.
The KEY principle for losing weight is to understand portion control. Basic Nutrition 101 - calories in vs. calories out - states that in order to lose weight we need to burn between 500 and 1000 calories more than we eat. This means that if our bodies metabolize 2500 calories on a daily basis then in order to lose weight we only need to take in between 1500 and 2000 calories a day. Your doctor will be able to tell you what your daily caloric expenditure is and then you'll know how to eat and exercise accordingly.
That being said, eating too little can slow your metabolism, and if you lose weight too quickly you are in danger of putting it all back on in addition to other health consequences. A good rule of thumb is to stick with Basic Nutrition 101 and eat 500 to 1000 calories less than what you burn. If your weekly way-in is not yielding around 3 pounds of weight loss then more vigorous exercise is probably in order. When this simple principle is followed then you will lose 10 pounds in no time - guaranteed!